Wednesday, January 30, 2013

HB 1385: Workers' Right to Secret Ballots

Virginia House Bill 1385 will, when enacted, officially preserve workers' right to vote by secret ballot on the fitness of unions to "represent" the workers:

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?131+ful+HB1385

Though co-sponsored by an impressive list of Delegates (Comstock, Hugo, Anderson, Bell, Robert B., Cline, Cosgrove, Dudenhefer, Fariss, Farrell, Garrett, Gilbert, Greason, Head, Hodges, Kilgore, Landes, Lingamfelter, Minchew, Morris, Poindexter, Purkey, Putney, Robinson, Scott, E.T., Sherwood, Tata, Villanueva, Webert and Wilt) this one wasn't the slam-dunk I would have thought it would be. We have thirty Delegates who failed to understand that, in view of the violence that has erupted in past union disputes (e.g. the Kingsport Strike), it could theoretically become vital that union representatives not be able to target workers who have, for good and sufficient reason, withheld their support from unions that failed to represent the workers' actual views.

Some people out there need to educate your Delegates--including some I was starting to feel tempted to characterize as mostly "good" ones, last year, like Delegate Lopez--about the history of union violence in the United States. Although some people in Kingsport, Tennessee, still hate it for not representing all of their views as well as the ones it represented, we recommend sharing Sylvester Petro's Kingsport Strike, which is a Fair Trade Book you can buy from salolianigodagewi@yahoo.com for $5 + shipping.